If you already have some qualifications you may not have to take all of the exams in the ACCA Qualification or Foundations in Accountancy awards. These are called exemptions and mean that you will start your studies at the right level for your knowledge and skill.
You should apply for exemptions when you first register as a student with ACCA – you can do this by entering your qualification details during the application process, and our database will confirm any exemptions that may be available to you.
You must send official proof of any qualifications you already have or are studying for along with your registration form so that we can assess if you are eligible for exemptions, or send in copies (not originals) along with your registration form if applying by post
When your exemptions have been awarded, you will be issued with an exemption notification and an invoice. You will need to pay an exemption fee for each paper awarded. Exemption fees are charged at the early exam entry fee
. Students are charged a one-off fee for each exemption awarded to cover administration costs.
The exemptions enquiry database
details all exemptions that may be available on the basis of qualifications held by students. This includes exemptions awarded to accredited programmes and exemptions awarded using our exemption framework.
Please also see the exemptions guide under the student downloads tab. This provides a short step-by-step guide to checking what exemptions you may be eligible to claim.